Bottle Lake Blue Tracks

Bottle Lake Forest Park is an exotic pine forest of approximately 800 hectares. It is a lovely place for a walk on a hot or windy day as the tracks are almost all entirely in the shade.

COVID-19 update on parks and tracks

The Government is asking for everyone to stay at home. Their advice is that you can go for a walk or exercise outdoors for a short time, but to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. 

If using one of our parks, always stay two metres away from anyone not in your household. If you take your dog, please keep it on a leash at all times to help avoid contact with other dogs. Take your dog poo home and dispose of it in your red bin.

Where there are gates and latches in parks, please avoid using your hands to open and close them. If gates are off their hinges or left open, please leave them as you find them.

Cemeteries are open for pedestrian access only. 

The following are closed:

  • Public toilets.
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks.
  • The Botanic Gardens.
  • Car parks within parks.
  • Visitor and information centres.
  • The Spencer Park animal area and fenced dog parks.
  • All Council-owned sports facilities

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Blue Track

Start: Bottle Lake Forest car park, Waitikiri Drive, Parklands.

Finish: Same as the starting point.

Distance: 11.4km.

Time: 1.5 - 2 hours return.

Toilets: Located at Bottle Lake Forest car park.

Dogs: Can be exercised off the leash throughout Bottle Lake Forest.


The entrance point is clearly marked and begins about 200 metres from the main car park.

A map can be obtained from the Bottle Lake Forest Information Centre or any council service centre. It is recommended that walkers carry one as it is easy to get disorientated in this forest. The roads are organised alphabetically with Apple Road being the closest to the Bottle Lake headquarters and Zulu Road being the furthest away.

Blue Coastal Track

Start: 200 m from Bottle Lake Forest car park

Finish: Blue Track

Distance: 4.7 km

Time: 50 minutes

Toilets: Bottle Lake Forest car park

Dogs: Under effective control


This track diverges from the Blue Track almost immediately after leaving the car park. Walk out towards the coast and around around the landfill site before rejoining the Blue Track after 4.7 km. 

There are a number of walks that can be created using a mix of the dedicated walking tracks and shared use roads that are set out in a grid pattern for way-finding.

A map is available from the Bottle Lake Forest Information Centre, it is recommended to carry one to prevent disorientation.

Map Listing